SoCal Dog Surf and SUP Lessons Return Benefitting Helen Woodward Animal Center!

Does your dog love going to the beach? Ever wanted to take your dog out on a paddle board while on vacation? If you live in or are planning to visit Southern California, you're in luck!! Not only can you sign up for dog surfing classes or paddle board lessons with your dog, but all the proceeds support a great animal nonprofit.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Angelica!

Meet Angelica! This lovely girl came to Muttville because her previous owners could no longer care for her. Luckily, she is very well adjusted and is happy no matter what. She has made herself right at home and is a social and sweet girl.

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Angelica is slightly vision impaired but can see about 4 feet in front of her. Despite this, she gets around very well and is very adventurous. Angelica does not startle easily and gets along perfectly well with all dogs. She is also affectionate and loves people and going for walks. We know this sweetheart will make a wonderful companion!

Angelica is about 9 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

Here is what Angelica’s foster had to say-

Angelica is a pretty quiet dog. She is very loving and will want to snuggle up against you on the couch. She has a low activity level, usually sleeps most of the day. However she loves walks, which we do 2-3 times a day. She is kind towards other dogs she passes by on the street and has no problem with other dogs in the house. She is house trained but needs to be taken out a few times a day. She has a good appetite. She loves to hang out and snuggle on the couch and will sleep in her dog bed. She also appears to be kennel trained and loves a kennel.

Angelica is a sweetie! She loves to be pet, cuddle and be with her person. She likes people and other dogs. When you’re home she’s happy napping in her bed or hanging out as a lap dog. She is low energy and likes slow walks, where she can sniff around and explore.

Angelica is friendly with other dogs. She does need a bit of extra attention on walks or navigating around new places, but is great about staying close and following your voice. She is potty trained and pee pad trained.

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Ahh, imagine the shared joy of discovery when you adopt a dog

When I met Sarge, all I saw was a big handsome dog who had the sweetest manners. His sugar face spoke of a gentleness and thoughtful personality. I never would have guessed that this dog had been thin, filthy and unloved.

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It's moments like these that get my imagination going. I think about the thousands of available adoptable dogs, each with their own unique stories. Each dog offers a new family the chance to learn something powerful about themselves. My own adopted dog positively influenced our lives from the day she arrived.

Choosing to adopt an older dog can bring you greater awareness about your own weaknesses, and strengths.

When I adopted my big old dog, she began as a reserved lady. Similar to Sarge, she was under-weight from stress but somehow maintained unbelievable table manners. I wouldn't have blamed her for gobbling food or trying take anything that might give her some comfort. 

My empathy for her emotional health allowed me to approach our new life together in ways that kept us on a path of wonderful discoveries. She, like Sarge, blossomed under the steady warmth and love being offered every minute of every hour. I didn't know if she'd ever fully look to me as trusted family, but she did, and that is a feeling I will always cherish.

We shared a mutual joy discovering how to communicate with each other. When I'd introduce a word or phrase for something, maybe a food she'd never had before, both our eyes lit up when she learned. The satisfaction you get when you set a dog up for success in their new life with you, in a new forever home, is immeasurable.

Imagine the shared joy of discovery

When I look back on adopting our dog, it makes so much sense now. We discovered how much we loved giving a dog the chance of a happy final chapter in their life. We had moments of mutual joy that is special between humans and dogs. Just getting to know each other brought us both to laughter. Yes, dogs laugh!

If you're a curious person, love dogs, and enjoy discovery then consider adoption. Head to your local shelter, humane society or breed specific rescue, or find them on social media tonight!

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Greta howls her way into your heart, today's Muttville moment

Last week I met a new Muttville mutt named Greta. She is a german shepherd, all legs, and currently skin and bones. Given our immediate mutual affection, I have a feeling she'll be plumping up soon. I can still smell the after-breakfast chicken treats I gave her on my fingers.

Having had a large Shepherd-Husky dog, I was drawn to Greta as soon as I saw her fuzzy gangly body. She loped across the doggy loft as soon as the door opened and I wheeled in the yellow cleaning bucket. Her concerned brown eyes locked on my movements, tracking the mop to the bucket and back to the floor. I was glad to see she was not spooked by my morning cleaning of the loft.

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